Outdoor Adventures

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Outdoor Adventures?

Outdoor Adventures (OA) is a service program within Student Life at the University of San Diego. OA provides USD community members and their guests with opportunities to experience new adventures that aim to promote learning and awareness of the outdoors, while connecting with new friends, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

What trips do you offer?

We offer a variety of outings, but most of our programs fall into two categories: San Diego day trips or overnight trips around the Southwest. Our day trips around San Diego include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, biking and more. Overnight trips include camping, canoeing, backpacking, biking, kayaking, canyoning and climbing. Varying in length from two hours to 10 days, trips are led by USD students and/or staff who have participated in our Guide Development Program. Follow this link to view our current trip schedule.

Who can go on your trips?

Any individual from the USD community (students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni) and their guests.

Are trips open to Alumni and friends?


Do you rent outdoor equipment?

We rent a large variety of outdoor equipment at low rates. Designed to alleviate the high cost of buying equipment – especially for people who only venture into the outdoors occasionally – this program is a great resource to try new outdoor activities. Click here to view our full rental list.

What is included in the price of the trip?

Typically the price of a trip includes equipment, transportation, permits, fees and guides. Depending on the trip (location, duration, time) we will also provide food.

What is the Discover San Diego program?

Discover San Diego is a program in partnership with Residential Life for resident students living on campus. It is an opportunity for people living together and Resident Assistants to have a shared outdoor experience. The outings are offered at $5 to students thanks to the generous support from Residential Life. Because of the high demand and limited space with these programs, there is a $10 no-show fee for students that register and do not attend or notify our office with at least 24 hours notice. This is in effect to ensure that we are running these trips at capacity and students who want to go on the outings have that opportunity. Click here for a complete list of the Discover San Diego outings.